General Information

Date and Venue    

The Symposium will be held on November 3-6, 2003 at The Grand Hotel, Taipei, Taiwan

No. 1, Chung-Shan N. Rd., Sec.4, Taipei 104, Taiwan.

Tel: +886-2-596-5565             Fax: +886-2-2585-4974

Taipei

Taipei City, where the 4th East Asian Biophysics Symposium (EABS 2003) will be held, is the capital and also the political, economic and cultural center of Taiwan. The population of Taiwan numbers is more than 22 million.  Taipei city covers an area of 271.77 square kilometers.  Behind its modern infrastructure, you will be impressed by its traditional culture and hospitality.

Find out more about Taiwan:

 http://www.tbroc.gov.tw/tbroc99_3w_eng/tour_info/user/m1.htm (English)

Find out more about Taipei City:

http://www.taipei.gov.tw/English/ (English)

Find out more tourism information:

http://www.tbroc.gov.tw (three language choices of Chinese, English or Japanese)

Symposium Secretariat

Chun-Hung Lin Ph.D.

Secretary General of the Organizing Committee

The Fourth East Asian Biophysics Symposium

Institute of Biological Chemistry

Academia Sinica

Nan-Kang, Taipei 115, Taiwan

Tel: +886-2-2789-9800 (ext. 6010)   Fax: +886-2-2788-9759  

E-mail: biophys@gate.siinica.edu.tw

Welcome Reception & Open Ceremony

Every delegate is welcome to the welcome reception that will be held at 1st F, International Reception Hall (敦睦廳), The Grand Hotel from 18:00 to 20:30 on November 3 (Monday), 2003.

Banquet & Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony would need to charge for NT$1,500 (US$43) per person.  It will be held at B1, Fu-Chuan Room (福全廳), The Grand Hotel from 18:00 to 20:30 on November 6 (Thursday), 2003.

Exhibition

An area of the Symposium venue will be assigned to scientific and technological exhibitions that will be set up during the symposium.  For further information and/or reservations, please contact the Symposium Secretariat.

Hotel Accommodation

1.The secretariat has negotiated special rates with a range of hotels in various categories.  They have been selected for their high standards and convenience.  Please make reservation according to your personal preference.
2.Participant are required to indicate yourself as the delegate of 4th EABS, in order to get the special rate for your accommodation of the following hotels.

3.One night deposit is required for all reservation.

Grand Hotel Shuttle Bus

The Grand Hotel provides free shuttle service throughout the entire year to make an easier access to and from the Grand Hotel (For shuttle bus stop and time schedule, please check the website listed below that provide on-line map.)  Departure place is the Grand Hotel Main Lobby.  Available every 20 ~ 30 minutes from 6:30 to 22:00.

http://www.grand-hotel.org/newsite/html/c/cindex.htm (Chinese)

http://www.grand-hotel.org/newsite/html/e/ca01.htm (English)

Airport Transportation

1. Taxi is available at all times from the Chiang Kai-Shek (CKS) International Airport to Taipei City.  Costs are approximately NT$1,200(US$34~35).

2. There are 6 shuttle-bus companies that provide transportation between the CKS International Airport and the Taipei Train Main Station everyday in every 30 to 40 minutes.  Costs are approximately NT$110~140 (US$4~5), takes about 60 to 90 minutes.  Then take a taxi to hotel or venue (The Grand Hotel).

From CKS International Airport to Congress Venue (Grand Hotel) and Hotels.

 

Time (CKS to Hotel)

Average Cost

By Taxi

The Grand Hotel: 50 minutes

Ambassador-Taipei Hotel: 50 minutes

Grand Formosa Regent Taipei: 50 minutes

Chien-Tan Overseas Youth Activity: 50 minutes

NT$1,500 (one way)

NT$1,200 (one way)

NT$1,200 (one way)

NT$1,500 (one way)

By Shuttle Bus

The Grand Hotel: 60 minutes

Ambassador-Taipei Hotel: 60 minutes

Grand Formosa Regent Taipei: 60 minutes

Chien-Tan Overseas Youth Activity: 60 minutes

NT$140 (one way)

NT$140 (one way)

NT$140 (one way)

NT$140 (one way)

Getting to Taipei Downtown and Shopping Areas by Taking MRT

The nearest MRT station is Yuanshan station.  You can go there either by taking the shuttle bus provided by the Grand Hotel or taking a taxi, approximately cost NT$100 (US$3).

For further MRT route information, please check out the website listed below. 

http://www.trtc.com.tw/indexc.htm (Chinese)

http://www.trtc.com.tw/englishnew/index.htm (English)

Taxi

Taxis are available 24 hours a day in Taipei.  It is recommended that you have the name of your hotel written in Chinese on a piece of paper before you leave your hotel, as few taxi drivers speak English.  In the CKS International airport, you could go to the information desk of Tourist Information Desk right in the lobby to ask for assistance or any further information.  In Taipei city, the rate for taxis is NT$70 for the first 1.65 kilometers and NT$5 will be added to every additional 3rd kilometers.  A 20% surcharge is added from 23:00 to 6:00 next morning.

Business Hours

Banks:  Banks are open 9 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. on weekdays.

Government offices:  Government offices are open 9 A.M. to noon and 1:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M. from Monday through Friday.

Shops:  Shops shopping malls, restaurants, etc. are mostly open 10:00 ~ 11:00 to 21:00 ~ 22:00.

Currency and Credit Cards

1. The New Taiwan Dollar (NT$) is the national currency of Taiwan.

2.Coins come in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 50; bills come in denominations of 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000.  While exchange rates vary from day to day, the NT$ has been valued for approximately at around 34 ~ 35 to the US dollar.

3. Hotels, department stores, airlines and major restaurants accept international credit cards, which include VISA, American Express, Diner’s Club and Master Card. 

Tax

Value Added Tax (VAT) is levied on most goods at a standard rate of 5% and is included in the price.  In major tourist hotels, a 10% service charge is sometimes levied on rooms, meals or other services, and will be added to the bill.

Tipping

Tipping is optional.  However, tips are usually given for restaurant services and to hotel porters.

Voltage

The electric power is 110 volts, 60 cycles, AC.

Mobile Phone Network

GSM 900MHz/1800MHz

Language

The official language of Taiwan is Mandarin Chinese, though other languages are also spoken.  Many people can speak some English (the most widely studied foreign language), but taxi drivers general speak only Taiwanese and Mandarin.

Passport and Visa

We have two week visa waiver policy for following countries:  Australia, Austria, Belgium, Costa Rico, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, American, Greece, Singapore, Switzerland, and Norway.

Requirements:

1.      A passport valid for at least six months (unless otherwise stipulated by treaties or agreement.)

2.      A confirmed return air ticket or an air ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed air seat reservation for his (her) departure.

3.      No extension after 14 days.

For further information and regulation of Passport or Visa, please check out the website listed below.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China

Taipei Economic and Cultural (Representative) Offices Abroad

Climate

The average maximum daily temperature ranges from 28°C to 30°C (82°F ~ 86°F).  Light clothing is advisable.  However, as most of the buildings are air-conditioned, it is suggested that you bring a light jacket for long sittings.

For further information regarding weather condition, please check the website list below.

http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4/index.htm (Chinese)

http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4e/index.htm (English)

Insurance

The Organizing Committee is not responsible for the insurance of participants against personal injuries, sickness, and theft or property damage incurred during the conference, exhibition, and satellite meeting hours. Concerned participants should obtain insurance coverage for protection.

Useful Websites

1.      Taiwan Online-Guide

http://www.roc-taiwan.org/

http://www.roc-taiwan.org/taiwan/2-visitor/index.htm

2.      Taipei City

http://www.taipei.gov.tw/English/

3.      Tourism Bureau of Taiwan

http://www.tbroc.gov.tw

4.      Ministry of Foreign Affairs

http://www.mofa.gov.tw/newmofa/emofa/index.htm

5.      Passport and Visa Information

http://www.boca.gov.tw/english/index.htm

6.      CKS International Airport

http://www.cksairport.gov.tw/e/home3.htm

7.      More Public Transportation Details for CKS International Airport

http://www.cksairport.gov.tw/e/t2-2.htm

8.      Central Weather Bureau

http://www.cwb.gov.tw/V4e/index.htm

9.  OANDA, the currency Site

http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic

10.  Metro Taipei (MRT System)

http://www.trtc.com.tw/englishnew/index.htm

Useful Phone Numbers

CKS Int'l Airport Tourist Service Center   886-3-383-3666
Tourism Bureau's Tourist Information         886-2-2717-3737

Directory Assistance in English                  886-2-2311-6796

Foreign Affairs Division, Taipei Office               886-2-2381-8341

Government Information Office                 886-2-2322-8888

International Operator Assistance                      100

CKS International Airport Terminal and airline information

Airlines in Terminal I

Airlines

Reservations Lines

Service Lines

Air Macau (NX)

(02) 2717-0377

(03) 398-3121

Cathay Pacific Airways (CX)

(02) 2716-6654

(03) 398-2388

China Airlines (CI)

(02) 2715-1212

(03) 383-4106-7

Continental Airlines (CO)

(02) 2719-5947

(03) 383-2404

Far Easterm Air Transport (EF)

(02) 2361-5431 

(03) 398-3169

KLM Asia (KL)

(02) 2772-2188

(03) 383-3034

Japan Asia Airways (EG)

(02) 2776-5151 

(03) 398-2282

Malaysia Airlines (MH)

(02) 2514-7888

(03) 398-2521

Mandarin Airlines (AE)

(02) 2717-1230

(03) 398-2620

Northwest Airlines (NW)

(02) 2772-2188

(03) 398-2471

Pacific Airlines (BL)

(02) 2543-1860

(03 )398-2404

Philippine Airlines (PR)

(02) 2506-7255

(03) 398-2419

Royal Brunei Airlines (BI)

(02) 2512-6868

(03) 398-2451

Thai Airways (TG)

(02) 2509-6800

(03) 383-4131~4

TransAsia Airways (GE)

(02) 2972-3999

(03) 398-2404

United Airlines (UA)

(02) 2325-8868

(03) 398-2781~2

Viet Air (VN)

(02) 2517-7177

(03) 398-3026

Garuda Indonesia Airline (GA)

(02) 2560-2349

(03) 398-2977

Airlines in Terminal II

Air New Zealand (NZ)

(02) 2516-9025

(03)398-3018

Air Nippon (EL)

(02) 2501-7299

(03)398-2968

Air Canada (AC)

(02) 2503-4111

(03)398-3580~1

EVA Airways (BR)

(02) 2501-1999

(03)398-2968

UNI Airways (B7)

(02) 2518-2626

(03)398-2968

Qantas Airways (QF)

(02) 2522-1001

(03)398-2619

Singapore Airlines (SQ)

(02) 2551-6655

(03)398-3988

Dragon Airlines (KA)

(02) 2517-6955

(03)398-5888


The floor plan of Terminal I

The floor plan of Terminal II

After completing the arrival procedure, please go to area A (refer to the map above) to take a taxi or area B as the bus station for the transportation at lower cost. Please link to http://www.cksairport.gov.tw/e/t2-2.htm to check detailed information.

MRT Route

Please refer to http://www.trtc.com.tw/englishnew/index.htm for the complete map. Passengers can take the orange line or green line toward the north from Taipei Main Station to Yuanshan Station. It will take approximately 10 minutes to walk from Yuanshan Station to the Grand Hotel. You can check the location of MRT Yuanshan Station and the Grand Hotel by the following map:

The Grand Hotel provides free shuttle service throughout the entire year giving you easier access to and from The Grand Hotel. Available every 2030 minutes from 06:30 to 22:00.